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A member of the public walks past a shop selling face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic in Glasgow on September 2, 2020. The Scottish government imposed fresh restrictions on the city after a rise in cases of the novel coronavirus. - Scotland imposed fresh restrictions on the city of Glasgow on September 2 after a rise in coronavirus cases, as similar local-lockdown measures elsewhere in Britain came under criticism. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said people living in Glasgow and two surrounding areas should not visit other people's houses, after 66 new cases were recorded in the area on Tuesday. The measures will last two weeks. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP)
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Do masks help boost Covid immunity?

Could the face mask have another benefit in the fight against Covid-19? Some researchers believe they could expose wearers to smaller doses of the disease which spark an immune response
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2020 Cemetery workers wearing protective gear bury an unclaimed COVID-19 coronavirus victim, at the Municipal cemetery No. 13 in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)
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Coronavirus and other deadly epidemics

The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic will soon pass the one million mark. It has proved deadlier than other modern viruses but the toll is still far behind the Spanish flu a century ago
A firefighter wearing protective gear disinfects outside a nursing home for elderly people where more than 60 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Burbaguena, near Teruel on August 04, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
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Europe imposes fresh virus curbs as global cases top 30 million

Large parts of Europe have geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark
People wearing face masks walk down a shopping street in the Las Delicias neighbourhood of Zaragoza, northeast Spain, on August 10, 2020. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP
People wearing face masks walk down a sh […]

Political ‘power games’ and decentralisation fuel Spain’s virus spread

The first EU nation to pass half a million coronavirus cases, Spain's switching of its pandemic management to its regions has politicised public health and hobbled its Covid-19 fight, experts say
(FILES) This file aerial photo taken on August 24, 2019 shows burnt areas of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. - An unusual coalition of 230 environmental organizations and Brazilian agribusiness companies sent President Jair Bolsonaro on September 15, 2020, a letter proposing to halt deforestation "quickly and permanently, especially in the Amazon region. (Photo by CARLOS FABAL / AFP)
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World lost 100 million hectares of forest in two decades: UN

The world has lost nearly 100 million hectares of forests in two decades, marking a steady decline though at a slower pace than before, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization
People look at the estuary of the river Sava emptying into the Danube in Belgrade on September 11, 2020. Belgrade is the only European capital to pour unfiltered waste water straight into the continent's second-longest river. Photo: Oliver Bunic / AFP
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Brown Danube: How Belgrade’s sewers taint Europe’s famous river

Just down the road from Belgrade's historic city centre, gates open for trucks to pass to the banks of the Danube, where they dump raw sewage into Europe's venerated river
The aerial view shows parked airplanes at the airport Duesseldorf, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)
The aerial view shows parked airplanes a […]

Aviation, autos and other virus victims

What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation, retail and automobile sectors? A recap of some major casualties amid layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020, to attend Prime Minister's Question at the House of Commons. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he lea […]

UK’s controversial new Brexit powers law explained

The UK government is set for showdown talks with the EU after unveiling a new bill that will override parts of the divorce deal it signed with the bloc last year - the new bill explained
A photograph taken on June 3, 2020, shows on a mobile phone the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - France's StopCovid mobile app, a voluntary system designed to alert users if they have been in close proximity of someone who has tested positive for the virus, was made available on June 2, 2020. (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP)
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Varying degrees of success for coronavirus apps in Europe

Designed to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, tracking applications have encountered a series of challenges since their launch, from privacy concerns to technical glitches